Two Compatible Polymer Donors Enabling Ternary Organic Solar Cells with a Small Nonradiative Energy Loss and Broad Composition Tolerance

Yumin Tang, Jianwei Yu, Huiliang Sun, Ziang Wu, Chang Woo Koh, Xia Wu, Bin Liu, Junwei Wang, Qiaogan Liao, Yongchun Li, Han Guo, Han Young Woo, Feng Gao, Xugang Guo

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Abstract

High-performance nonfullerene ternary organic solar cells (OSCs) with two polymer donors are less frequently reported because of the limited numbers of efficient polymer donors with good compatibility. Herein, a wide-bandgap polymer P1 with a deep-lying highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level is incorporated as the third component into the benchmark PM6:Y6 binary system to fabricate ternary OSCs. The introduction of P1 not only leads to extended absorption coverage and forms a cascade-like energy level alignment but also shows excellent compatibility with PM6, resulting in a favorable morphology in the ternary blend. More importantly, P1 possesses a deeper HOMO level (−5.6 eV) than most well-known donor polymers, which enables resulting ternary OSCs with an improved open-circuit voltage. As a result, the optimized ternary OSCs with 40 wt% P1 in donors achieve a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 16.2% with a small nonradiative recombination loss of 0.23 eV, which is among the highest values of ternary OSCs based on two polymer donors. In addition, the ternary OSCs show a broad composition tolerance with a high PCE of over 14% throughout the whole blend ratios. These results provide an effective approach to fabricate efficient ternary OSCs by synergizing two wide-bandgap polymer donors.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSolar RRL
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • compatibility
  • composition tolerance
  • energy loss
  • ternary organic solar cells
  • wide-bandgap polymer donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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